Police have calle don the public to be aware of a phishing text message scam which is circulationg telling people they are "eligible" for the Covid-19 vaccination.

The scam message reads “we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and links to a convincing, but fake, NHS page which then asks for bank details.

Police are advising people if they receive a text or email that asks them to click on a link or for to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, it's likely to be a scam. Scams can come in many forms and this one is just the latest attempt by fraudsters to exploit the pandemic for financial gain.

Protect yourself by following this advice:

  •        Do not open attachments or click on links in emails or texts from numbers you don’t know.
  •        Never give out your personal information, banking details or passwords in response to an email, text or phone call without verifying that the caller is who they say they are.
  •        Block any numbers you find suspicious.
  •        Always go to a website directly, by typing out the address yourself, when logging into an account. Do not click on links.
  •        Keep an eye out for spelling mistakes in messages and emails